Museum of Fine Arts In BostonExactly one hundred years to the day after the United States of America declared its independence, the Museum of Fine Arts opened in a modest building in Copley Square. At the time, the museum's artwork totaled 5,600 pieces. More than three decades later, the museum's collection had grown so enormous that it had to move to a much larger space on Huntington Avenue, the site of the current museum. Today, there are 450,000 works of art that run the gamut from paintings and sculpture to drawings and photographs. The comprehensive collection features art from ancient Egypt and Greece, 19th century France, and contemporary Asia and America.
Since 2010, the museum has gone through a major expansion and now is home to a whole host of featured galleries. The Arts of the Pacific Gallery sheds light on work from the islands in and around Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Indonesia. In Gems and Jewelry from the Ancient Mediterranean, you'll encounter stunning necklaces, pins, and bracelets made of precious metals as well as a gold earring from the 4th century B.C., which highlights the Greek goddess Nike driving a chariot. Don't miss Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in France where the groundbreaking works of van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, and Cézanne are on display. And in Theater and Performance:
Wine, Poets, and Performers in Ancient Greece, you will get an up-close-and-personal look at such artifacts as masks, musical instruments, and vases that depict scenes from a variety of plays. Additional information about the venerable Museum of Fine Arts Boston is online at http://www.mfa.org /visit/plan-your-visit.